Here’s the story… My car has 13,000 miles on it. I had the oil changed at a quick change place at 10,000 miles.
Last week we had a big snowstorm, I had trouble backing out of the driveway, rocking back and forth, spinning my wheels, hitting into snowbanks. During the process I noticed there was some oil on the garage floor. After I got the car out of the driveway, it made the “loud muffler” sound whenerv I drove. I assumed that I had loosened part of the exhaust system while plowing backwards into the snow. I drove the car for a couple of days.
On Sunday, I checked the oil, and guess what… 1) There was NO oil on the dipstick, 2) There was NO oil cap on the engine.
I had the car towed to the dealer, there is no engine damage, everything is going to be OK, but one thing keeps me wondering… How did the oil cap come off?
The obvious explanation was that “someone” left it off. The obvious suspect is myself. However, I did not even check my oil since the last oil change. And if the quick change place left the cap loose at 10,000 miles, how come it took until now for it to come off? Did revving my engine in the snow have something to do with it?
And a further question is… Can I make a reasonable claim that this should be covered under my warranty, or under the extended warranty that I purchased? Can the oil cap just pop off by itself?